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- As the second day of the Winter Meetings continue today, here are a few tidbits leaking out as far as which players the Angels are rumored to be interested in :
Angels have interest in free-agent reliever Sean Burnett - latimes.com. "Burnett, 30, complements a sinking 90-mph fastball with a slider and changeup. He is expected to command a three-year deal for between $15 million and $18 million" Angels' free-agent targets don't end with Zack Greinke - angels.com. "After signing Madson, the Angels are unlikely to sign another pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery, which would rule out non-tendered former Giants closer Brian Wilson. The Angels are among several teams that have expressed interest in former Nats lefty Sean Burnett, who has posted a 2.76 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 176 1/3 innings from 2010-12, and are intrigued by ex-Rangers righty Mike Adams, who has been one of baseball's best setup men but was shut down in September due to shoulder issues."
The Angels are in the mix for Edwin Jackson - HardballTalk. "Jackson, 29, posted a 4.03 ERA and 168/58 K/BB ratio over 189 2/3 innings this season as a member of the Nationals."
And of course there's still talk that the Angels are still in on Zack Greinke, have talked to the Mets about trading for R.A. Dickey, and have been linked to every pitcher listed in the Baseball Encyclopedia since 1986.
- Here's a brief rundown of what's happened so far in the West: Winter Meetings Roundup: AL West - MLB Daily Dish
- If anyone's interested, I've been partaking in SB Nations Winter Meeting simulation. So far I've traded away Mark Trumbo, and made a couple free agent offers. You can help me here, or follow the transactions here.
- A video! Don't get too excited, it's a video of a phone call:
- Another starter the Angels have checked in on is Anibal Sanchez. According to FanGraphs, signing Sanchez might be a better bargain than going $100M+ on Greinke: The Zack Greinke Alternative - FanGraphs Baseball. "Greinke is showing signs of gradual velocity loss. His fastball is down a tick from a few years ago, which is not unexpected, given how pitchers tend to age. Sanchez, though, has gained a little velocity, perhaps picking up strength as he gets further from his shoulder operation."
- And yet another starting pitcher who could end up in Anaheim: Ricky Nolasco asks for trade from gutted Miami Marlins, agent says - ESPN. "Nolasco, who turns 30 later this month, is 76-64 with a 4.49 ERA in parts of seven seasons with the Marlins. He has surpassed 185 innings four times in the past five seasons. With a base salary of $11.5 million next season, Nolasco is easily the team's highest-paid player."
- He's attempting to make a comeback: Rich Harden is making a comeback - HardballTalk. "For a long time Harden was able to maintain good raw stuff and strong results despite the never-ending arm problems, but in 2008 and 2009 his velocity was down and his ERAs were ugly." Harden could be a cheap, unreliable bullpen option.
- It sounds so far away....Angels announce Spring Training schedule - angels.com. "The Angels, who will train in Tempe, Ariz., for a 21st straight season, open their 33-game Cactus League schedule Feb. 23, in a split-squad game against the Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium and against the Giants in Scottsdale Stadium."
- This is funny. Seems Bud Selig totally screwed the Nationals when he gave Peter Angelos' cable channel the rights to broadcast Washington's games: As the Dodgers hit paydirt, the Nationals-MASN talks remain in limbo - Washington Post. "The Nationals occupy an unusual place in this dynamic because of their unique arrangement with the MASN and the Orioles over television rights. The Nationals remain in a battle over how much money they should receive from MASN, the network that airs their games and is majority-owned by the Orioles."
- The New Air Jordans Look Super Dumb. "Nike unveiled its latest iteration of the Air Jordans. Those are the Air Jordan XX8s you see in the photo (click the link), and holy hell do they look stupid."
- Dykstra sentenced in bankruptcy fraud case - CBSSports.com. "Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 months in prison for hiding baseball gloves and other heirlooms from his playing days that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing" He also got a $200,000 fine and 500 hours of community service.